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What does "Reference" and "Non-Reference" mean?

#11burn420247Posted 1/31/2014 3:11:16 PM
From: BeerOnTap | #008
I have an EVGA 780 Superclocked with ACX cooling.
Says the cooling method was designed by EVGA so is this a non-reference card or not?
Additionally, what does the "Superclock" feature entail?


its a 'non reference' design choice.

superclock is just a small overclock that comes 'pre packaged' out of the box. it runs a bit faster than the reference GTX 780.
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#12ZachnornPosted 1/31/2014 3:11:27 PM
BeerOnTap posted...
I have an EVGA 780 Superclocked with ACX cooling.
Says the cooling method was designed by EVGA so is this a non-reference card or not?
Additionally, what does the "Superclock" feature entail?


It's non-reference because it uses EVGA's cooler design, not Nvidia's.

Superclock is probably a fancy term for "factory overclocked."
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#13arleasPosted 1/31/2014 3:11:47 PM
From: BeerOnTap | #008
what does the "Superclock" feature entail?


Superclocked cards are just given a mild overclock at the factory so that the starting clock speeds are slightly faster than the default models.
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#14burn420247Posted 1/31/2014 3:12:17 PM
check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtIl-W4hqrA
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#15ThePCElitistPosted 1/31/2014 3:19:27 PM
arleas posted...
From: BeerOnTap | #008
what does the "Superclock" feature entail?


Superclocked cards are just given a mild overclock at the factory so that the starting clock speeds are slightly faster than the default models.


Often times they're around $50 more for these models as well. Unless it comes with some amazing cooler as well they aren't worth it. Just buy a non-factory OC model and save a bit of cash on the side and OC it yourself.